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    Swimming Extravaganza! South Korea Holds 'Polar Bear' Festival

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    More than 4,000 people from Korea and abroad took the plunge into the icy sea during the 31st Polar Bear Swimming Contest that took place on January 6-7 at the Haeundae Beach in Busan.

    The annual competition, which offers an exciting experience for participants to brave the cold and swim in the winter sea just like polar bears, was first held in commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Other activities of the festival included making polar bear masks, face-painting, charity ice bucket challenges and tarot card readings.


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